Sep 21 – Oct 4

Starting on October 2 — A New Décor and Added Offerings at La Brioche

Starting on October 2 — A New Décor and Added Offerings at La Brioche

by Nat Frothingham Changes are coming, almost immediately, to La Brioche, Montpelier’s busy coffee shop, bakery and café at the downtown corner of State and Main. La Brioche will close as early as Monday, Sept. 25 and re-open a week later on Oct. 2 with a new décor and a complete makeover. During a spirited […]


Clean Water Fund Board Seeks Public Input on Budget Deadline Sept. 28 MONTPELIER — The Clean Water Fund Board is accepting public comments on their Clean Water Fund Budget ( for the next fiscal year. The fund supports municipalities, farmers and others in making investments in projects to improve water quality. Your participation will help […]

NATURE WATCH: Holed Up for Jose

by Nona Estrin A visit to the Outer Cape coincides with the remnants of Hurricane Jose. We will be holed up for the winds and rain, then enjoying the great swells after Jose has passed well to our North. Our thoughts are with hundreds of thousands of tree swallows, migrating now along the coast, fattening up […]

Jump & Splash Task Force to Host Public Forum

MONTPELIER — In surveys, Montpelier residents have overwhelmingly said the city needs a new indoor recreation facility. But how can Montpelier really make it happen? How does a community mobilize to make the choices and marshal the resources? What is the impact of a completed facility, and how is it sustained? Montpelier’s Jump & Splash […]

Agencies, Others Lauded For Wildlife Crossing

MONTPELIER/MONKTON — Hats off to those providing safe passage to turtles, snakes and bobcats. The Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Lewis Creek Association and the Monkton Conservation Commission were recently presented with the Federal Highway Association 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for the wildlife crossing that was completed on Monkton […]

Snow Traveler Association and State Agencies Settle Disagreement

MONTPELIER —  The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers has reached an agreement with two state agencies concerning the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail use and regulations. “Vermont Association of Snow Travelers is very happy to have reached this agreement with the Natural Resources Board and Vermont Agency of Transportation,” said Cindy Locke, executive director of the […]

On the Road

by Brent Curtis I talk to a lot of visitors. The number and frequency of these conversations will increase exponentially as we head into foliage season. Visitors seem to mention two things, how clean our roadsides are and second, how much the absence of billboards adds to their trip. Starting in 1970, then-Governor Deane C. […]

Applications for The Children’s Literacy Foundation’s Community Building Grant Due October 15

WATERBURY —  The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is offering a Community Building grant to organizations — including elementary school classrooms, after-school programs, clubs, and non-profits- – that serve low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in Vermont and New Hampshire. The grant is intended to help build connections between children and other members of their communities through […]

One “L” of a Difference — City of Montpelier Accepts Gift from City of Montpellier, South of France

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — A batch of misprinted soccer shirts has led to a new international friendship and lots of good feelings — right here in Montpelier. On Sept. 14, Philippe Saurel, mayor of Montpellier, Mediterranee Metropolis, France, sent an email to his counterpart in Montpelier, Vermont, to offer the local high school soccer […]

THE SOAPBOX: Towers or Spheres? Democracy and/or Hierarchy

by Margaret Blanchard The best small groups of family or friends seem inherently democratic as we sit in circles around fires or tables, each person allowed to voice feelings, express opinions, contribute to plans. (I recall how our family dynamics changed when we moved from a rectangular to a round table.) Whatever our differences in other […]